TO LIVE IS TO CHANGE
To live is to change. I choose to live with uncertainty today so that I can live with hope today. I choose to monitor all the negative and unpleasant things I say to myself today.
“TRUSTING MEANS ACCEPTING UNCERTAINTY, AND THAT IS NOT ONE THING THAT YOU ARE PREPARED TO DO.” (3)
CLARIFICATION OF THOUGHT
How often do I hear others who were once depressed say that it is only when they become vulnerable –that is, trusted others, that their lives took a turn for the better. So often, because of my need to completely control past, present and future, I can give my trust to no one else, including God. I must live my life with total certainty which the certain sad feeling of depression assures me, that what always has been (sadness) always will be.
To believe that my depression will never lift is to possess an irrational belief like saying the sun will never shine again because the sky has been overcast for days. It is living with certainty that gets me so depressed.
God, we want to begin today to trust you with our lives. We hear others who work the Twelve-Step program claim a new feeling of hope for their lives when they begin to live with trust in their Higher Power. We accept your plan for us today. We surrender our will to you now –we’ve only got our depression to lose. ”
Again we can’t promise anything about what will happen if you decide to change. I just can talk about my own experiences with depression. The only thing I knew was that I had to do something–I had to take responsibility for my life–I didn’t know for sure that my walking everyday and forcing myself out of bed a morning would make a difference in my mood. I didn’t know for sure that the Twelve Step Promises would work for me. I just knew that I was vulnerable and was willing to live with that uncertainty that possibly the sun would shine again for me. I just believed that if I moved the body–the mind would follow behind (which it did) and soon my own uncertainty about me ever feeling different than my everyday sadness–changed into hope as I did feel different. The fog of my depression did lift. I was almost caught up in one of those six immutable beliefs that Dr. Rowe speaks about, namely, “since bad things happened to me in the past, bad things will happen to me in the future.” The certainty of this belief will definitely hinder us from taking responsibility for our lives.
Copyright(c) Higher Thoughts for Down days: 365 daily thoughts and meditations for 12 step fellowship groups. 1993, 1999. Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville. 40217. (p. 53))